We the Living
Ayn Rand's first published novel, a timeless story that explores the struggles of the individual against the state in Soviet Russia.
First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.
We the Living is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what those slogans do to human beings. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb?
Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in practice.
Includes an Introduction and Afterword by Ayn Rand’s Philosophical Heir, Leonard Peikoff
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WE THE LIVING: 60th Anniversary EditionUser Review - Kirkus
Is it fair to say that this is a novel of Soviet Russia that those who generally dislike novels of Soviet Russia will like? I confess, I approached it with the suspicion resulting from an overdose of ... Read full review
“To a life; which is reason unto itself.” - Ayn Rand
We the Living by Ayn Rand is set in the early 1900s in the uprise of communism in Russia. Although it is about the U.S.S.R. the story is still relevant (as Rand points this out, in her foreword) because it is about totalitarianism and how humans should never think them above anyone else to have the right to decide who lives and who dies, because it is those that are fighting for life that deserve it and make progress and those who kill or live for others have much to learn. The plot revolves around Kira, a young woman who returns to her family home in Petrograd.
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